"That would be better for America than running a huge deficit and having wealth leak out of the country."
You think that would change the deifict? The only thing that can do that is balacing the budget, and while there may be some connection between the two, cutting off the US from global commerce would not do anything other than reduce total revenues for the US. Meaning the deficit could, in theory, go higher. Espcially as unemplyment increased and the ogvernment sought to provide a steady stream of income to a growing number of people who didn't work. Just like now.
"But it would be murder on corporate profits for the first few years, and that's why it won't happen."
It would destroy a lot of corporations, as well as the purchasing power of the american people. You can't drive up production costs without at the same time driving up the cost of the products themselves.
"Not because Americans don't want it, but because a few rich people don't want it."
You'd be hard pressed to find a single american who did want it, unless they are presuming that they would be one of the shepherds-with access to special stores and deals. You nkow, like the Shepherds in the former USSR who were effectively shielded from the ngative effects of living under a socialist system?
"Their lack of money to pay for this training."
Harvard doesn't care how much money you have. If you get accepted, you can attend. And as a general rule, the poorer you are, the more you have available to you in finaicial iad. That's also not taking into account things like technical training programs or job corps, which offer free training.
"The unwillingness of an employer to hire a 40 year old or a 60 year old with a high school education when there's a 20 year old with a high school education who he can probably work harder and take better advantage of more due to his naivete."
There is really no reason any 20 year old in 2013 should be relying on a HSD alone. Again, we know the way ahead and it requires education and training. There are circumstances where an unskilled 20 year old can make money-the oil fields for instance-but that won't last forever.
"Finally, the time commitment required. I know a guy who did what you suggested and it's worked well for him. But, he had to hang out at the union hall for about a year until someone brought him on as an apprentice."
Could he not have enrolled in a college program at his local university? Learned how to be an auto mechanic? Something like that? If not, why. Saying you don't have the time is --------- if you're un-or-under employed. When I was in college, I worked between 30-40 hours a week. Not because I had to, but because I get bored easily and enjoyed working. But it's not very difficult, epsecially when you have a job where you can put in 8-10 hours on Saturday and Sunday, plus another 4-5 hours weekdays.